Juventus 2-1 Lazio: The Old Lady wins in extra time to claim Coppa Italia title

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Juventus ended a 20-year drought in the Coppa Italia, defeating Lazio 2-1 after extra time to lift the club’s second trophy of the season.

Juve has already clinched the Serie A title, and the Italian champs will have a shot at winning the treble when they take on Barcelona in the Champions League final in June.

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The title was Juventus’ tenth Coppa Italia triumph, moving one past Roma for the most wins by a club in the tournament’s history.

Things didn’t get off to a pretty start for Max Allegri’s men, as Lazio took the lead within the opening five minutes. After Paul Pogba was whistled for a foul, Stefan Radu got his head on the ensuing free kick to give Lazio a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.

That lead was short-lived though, as Giorgio Chiellini equalized for the Italian champs less than ten minutes later. Off of another set piece, a lofted ball from Andrea Pirlo was headed back across the box from Pogba. Chiellini was there to finish on an off-balance volley to level for Juve.

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After two goals in the opening eleven minutes, the remaining 89 finished scoreless as extra time was needed to determine the Coppa Italia champions. It was the first Coppa Italia final to go to extra time since 2009, when Lazio defeated Sampdoria in penalties.

Early into the extra time it was the fresh legs of substitutes who determined the outcome of the match. Filip Djordjevic nearly gave Lazio the lead, but his shot hit the inside of one post and ricocheted across goal off the other post before being cleared out of the box. Just minutes later, Alessandro Matri scored for Juventus, cleaning up the rebound from a Carlos Tevez strike to lead Juve to another trophy.

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Juventus: Storari, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Lichsteiner (Padoin, 115′), Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba (Pereyra, 78′), Llorente (Matri, 84′), Tevez

Goals: Chiellini (11′), Matri (97′)

Lazio: Berisha, de Vrij (Keita, 105′), Gentiletti, Radu (Mauricio, 71′), Basta, Parolo, Cataldi, Lulic, Candreva, Klose (Djordjevic, 83′), Pereira Gomes

Goal: Radu (4′)